STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2123

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

                  

 

RE:    S.B. No. 2300

       S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Donna Mercado Kim

President of the Senate

Twenty-Seventh State Legislature

Regular Session of 2014

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

     Your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs, to which was referred S.B. No. 2300 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO FIRE PROTECTION,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

     The purpose and intent of this measure is to:

 

     (1)  Authorize the State Fire Council to establish statewide qualifications, testing, and credentialing that conform with the adopted state fire code and nationally recognized standards, for individuals conducting maintenance and testing of fire extinguishers and fire protection and fire alarm systems; and

 

     (2)  Authorize the State Fire Council to implement statewide memoranda of understanding and agreements for the effective use of fire and life safety resources.

 

     Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the State Fire Council, Honolulu Fire Department, Hawaii County Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, and Maui Fire Department.

 

     Your Committee finds that fire extinguishers and fire protection and fire alarm systems require routine maintenance to ensure reliable operability when used by fire department personnel and to protect building occupants during emergency situations.  Individuals that conduct maintenance testing must be licensed; however, the current exam has not been revised for several years.  This measure will allow the State Fire Council to implement statewide memoranda promoting fire and life safety resources and to update and establish statewide qualifications, testing, and credentialing standards for maintenance and testing of fire safety systems.

 

     Your Committee has amended this measure as suggested by the State Fire Council, Honolulu Fire Department, Hawaii County Fire Department, Kauai Fire Department, and Maui Fire Department by adding language allowing the State Fire Council to establish statewide qualifications, testing, certification, and credentialing that conform with the adopted state fire code and nationally recognized standards for individuals who conduct maintenance testing of fire safety systems.

 

     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2300, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2300, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs,

 

 

 

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WILL ESPERO, Chair